What are the important events that happened on August 16? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
August 16: Facts & Myths About This Day
August 16 is the 229th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 137 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 3, 2020 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,597,536,000 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.
Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectaicosaenneagon’ day.
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Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 180 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.
The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 2,795 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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August 16 Historical Events
Battle of Guinegate (Battle of the Spurs) – King Henry VIII of England defeats French Forces who are then forced to retreat.
Maximilien Robespierre presents the petition of the Commune of Paris to the Legislative Assembly, which demanded the formation of a revolutionary tribunal.
Seventeen people die and over 600 are injured in cavalry charges at a public meeting at St. Peter’s Field, Manchester, England.
The Dominican Restoration War begins when Gregorio Luperón raises the Dominican flag in Santo Domingo after Spain had recolonized the country.
Battle of Acosta Ñu: A Paraguayan battalion made up of children is massacred by the Brazilian Army during the War of the Triple Alliance.
Franco-Prussian War: The Battle of Mars-La-Tour is fought, resulting in a Prussian victory.
The Basilica of San Sebastian in Manila, the first all-steel church in Asia, is officially inaugurated and blessed.
Completion of the Royal Navy battlecruiser HMS Queen Mary.
An assassination attempt is made on Japan’s prime minister, Kantaro Suzuki.
Mass riots in Kolkata begin, in which more than 4,000 would be killed in 72 hours.
Who were born on August 16?
Albert Cohen, Swiss novelist (d. 1981)
Iggy Katona, American race car driver (d. 2003)
Diana Wynne Jones, British author (d. 2011)
Reginald VelJohnson, American actor
José Luis Clerc, Argentine tennis player
Michaela Dornonville de la Cour, Swedish singer (Army of Lovers)
Matt Lukin, American bassist (Mudhoney)
Stefan Klos, German footballer
Nikos Zisis, Greek basketball player
Agnes Bruckner, American actress
Who died on August 16?
Andrew Marvell, English poet (b. 1621)
Jacob Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician and scientist (b. 1654)
Henry Colburn, British publisher (b. ?)
Louis Jouvet, French actor and producer (b. 1887)
Bela Lugosi, Hungarian actor (b. 1882)
John Diefenbaker, Canadian politician and 13th Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1895)
Earl Averill, American baseball player (b. 1902)
Jaime Saenz, Bolivian poet and novelist, and short story writer (b. 1921)
Stewart Granger, British film actor (b. 1913)
Gerard McLarnon, Irish playwright and actor (b. 1915)
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